The Controversy Over Vinpocetine and Picamilon – What You Need To Know
Perhaps you have recently read or heard that Claire McCaskill, senior United States Senator from Missouri and the ranking member of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, has called for the FDA to suspend sales of supplements containing the cognitive enhancers vinpocetine and picamilon, pending an investigation. If you’re wondering what this is all about, read on.
Senator McCaskill’s Position
Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has asked the FDA to suspend sales of dietary supplement products containing vinpocetine and picamilon pending an investigation
According to Nutraingredients-USA.com 1, Senator McCaskill stated that DSHEA prohibits synthesized nutraceuticals, such as vinpocetine and picamilon, from being included in dietary supplements. Nevertheless, the FDA acknowledged vinpocetine’s status as a new dietary ingredient (NDI) back in the late 1990s—and this nutraceutical is currently used in over 350 supplement brands. The same is not true of picamilon, and it seems that this nutraceutical has no legal status for inclusion in dietary supplements. Apparently, Senator McCaskill’s contention is that:
- The FDA needs to provide copies of NDI material and adverse event reports associated with either vinpocetine or picamilon.
- She also requested that the FDA take action to immediately cease the sale of dietary supplements containing these nutraceuticals.
Weight Management Supplements: The “Cold Truth” Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail
According to a study published earlier this year by The Nielsen Company, the top two New Year’s resolutions people make are related to staying fit and healthy, and losing weight. 1
The irony is that January 1st is smack dab in the middle of winter, when physical activity actually declines. In fact, one study 2 found the total amount of calories burned from leisure-time physical activity (i.e. exercise) was much lower during the winter and fall, compared to spring and summer:
NutraScience Labs’ Vice President Interviewed By Nutritional Outlook, Shares Thoughts On Capsule Manufacturing Industry
Over the years, NutraScience Labs has developed a reputation within the dietary capsule manufacturing industry for consistently being on the cutting-edge of the latest technology and trends. So, when it came to selecting a trustworthy source for their latest article entitled, “Dietary Supplement Capsules Challenges and Trends”, it made sense that Nutritional Outlook Magazine contacted our very own Vice President of Contract Manufacturing, Vincent Tricarico, to get his thoughts.
Give Your Customers the Gift of a Healthy Immune System This Holiday Season
Staying well and maintaining a healthy immune system can be especially challenging during the holiday season for several reasons:
- The immune response isn’t as effective during the colder months (compared to warmer months.) 1
- Chronic stress (prevalent during the holidays) can cause almost all measures of immune system function to drop across the board. 2
- A poor diet (not unusual during the holidays) can compromise immune response. 3
Of course the last thing you want is for your immune system to be weakened during the holidays, yet this is all too often the case and may result in the upper respiratory tract function at a less than optimal level. 4 However, there is something that can be done to help. It’s called beta 1,3/1,6 glucan. Continue reading
The Role of Whey Protein in Elderly/Obese People in Increasing Muscle Mass and Decreasing Adipose Tissue
This Research brief is summarized from a published clinical study. All the information and statistics cited below were taken directly from the original publication piloted by Coker, et al.1 NutraScience Labs has restructured or paraphrased some sections of this brief in an attempt to more succinctly summarize the research.
The elderly population is particularly prone to the accelerated loss of muscle mass or sarcopenia with advancing age which is further complicated by the combined influence of physical inactivity and poor nutrition that often accompanies the aging process. Continue reading
Meta-Analysis: Melatonin for the Treatment of Primary Sleep Disorders
This Research brief is summarized from a published clinical study. All the information and statistics cited below were taken directly from the original publication piloted by Ferracioli-Oda, et al.1 NutraScience Labs has restructured or paraphrased some sections of this brief in an attempt to more succinctly summarize the research.
In order to be diagnosed with a primary sleep disorder, the sleep disturbance must cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning. Primary sleep disorders are not associated with a medical condition, substance use or concurrent psychological disorder. Poor sleep is also associated with an increased risk of mortality, hospitalization and traffic accidents.Statistics show that 9% of Americans report having insomnia. There are numerous therapies for the treatment of insomnia ranging from psychological or behavioural therapies to medications. Continue reading
Effects of Probiotics in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2: Study Protocol for a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial
This Research brief is summarized from a published clinical study. All the information and statistics cited below were taken directly from the original publication piloted by Alokail, et at.1 NutraScience Labs has restructured or paraphrased some sections of this brief in an attempt to more succinctly summarize the research. Continue reading
Shilajit – Boosting the Testosterone Levels of Baby-Boomers and Beyond
Aging is inevitable and, for men, is often accompanied by a decline in testosterone levels. Research 1 indicates that testosterone levels in men fall progressively with age and that a significant percentage of men over the age of 60 years have serum T levels that are below the lower limits of young adult men (age 20-30 years). Some studies 2 show that men experience a gradual and progressive decline in total testosterone levels that take place at a rate of approximately 1% per year beginning in their thirties, while other studies 3 show an average annual decline of 1–2% in total T levels, with an even more rapid decline in free T. Continue reading
Six Supplement Label Design Tips for New Brand Owners
When it comes to being successful in the nutraceutical industry, you need more than just a product that contains high-quality ingredients – you also need a dietary supplement label design that immediately jumps off the shelf and attracts the attention of a prospective buyer. But, how do you go about doing it? Continue reading
NutraScience Labs’ Art Director Recognized for Recent Supplement Label and Packaging Design Work
NutraScience Labs is pleased to announce that our Art Director, Christopher Bennett, was recently honored by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) for the label and packaging design work he completed for one of our health and wellness clients.
According to GDUSA’s website, the annual competition celebrates well-designed graphics and the power of design to forge an emotional link with the buyer at the moment of truth.
Please join us in congratulating Christopher on this tremendous honor and we look forward to seeing more of his work get recognized by the graphic design community in the future!